June 1, 2014 deadline to train employees on safety data sheets

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

June 1st is the deadline for ensuring that all employees covered by the Hazard Communication-GHS rule have been trained on the new GHS label elements and Safety Data Sheet format. The rule applies when employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently revised the Hazard Communication Standard in order to improve comprehension of hazard information found on product labels. Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) will replace the current Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), which...

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Veterinary Board of Governors accepting applications for veterinary position

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Department of Health is accepting applications to fill one veterinary position and one consumer member position on the Washington State Veterinary Board of Governors. Members are sought that will reflect diversity and geographic representation from throughout the state. The Veterinary Board of Governors consists of seven members appointed by the Governor. Five members are licensed veterinarians. One member is a licensed veterinary technician and one member is a consumer member. The Board meets approximately four times each year. Historically,...

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WA Dept. of Agriculture hiring to fill State Veterinarian’s position

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The position for WSDA State Veterinarian is open and applications are being accepted. This is a full-time permanent position within Animal Services – Animal Health Program. The State Veterinarian is a core leadership role within the agency and is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the agency Director. This position is direct council to the Director on animal medical matters and responsible for and implements the policies and guidelines of the Animal Health Program. The full job listing...

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King County veterinarians asked to contact their Councilmembers about mandatory reporting

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

WSVMA and PSVMA representatives met Tuesday, May 6 with Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) and Board of Health officials to discuss the County’s ongoing desire to make reporting of rabies vaccinations mandatory for veterinarians. The view of RASKC officials has been that this would enable them to increase licensure rates, which are necessary to support RASKC, if they knew who in the county owned a vaccinated pet. At this most recent meeting, however, our representatives were surprised to learn...

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PED Advisory for WA Fairs and Exhibitions

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

On May 1, the Department of Agriculture released a PED (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea) Advisory for Washington State Fairs and Exhibitions in 2014. The recommendations should be provided to 4-H swine exhibitors, show superintendents and to fair/show management. The State Veterinarian has not banned breeding classes at this time, but taking breeding stock to a show and then returning them to the farm poses a very significant risk for transferring disease. 4-H youth need to be counseled that bringing any animal exhibit to...

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